Tag Archives: behind the scenes

Saigon Panorama cover - Adam Robert Young October 22

Saigon Panorama sneak peek and launch details…

It’s official! The launch of my book Saigon Panorama will be on the 7th of November. It’ll be great to see the finished books when they arrive in Ho Chi Minh City next week! I was up at the printers in Hanoi and decided to test out my new phone (a Nokia Lumia 1020) by […]

restoration - van khoa dau - Vietnam's ancient script January 21

The restorers – ancient Vietnamese manuscripts behind locked doors

Before the French created the romanized Vietnamese phonetic alphabet, before Chinese influence had Vietnamese elite communicating with variations of Chinese characters, the Vietnamese had their own phonetic writing system. Thousands of years ago, the alphabet called Văn Khoa Đầu – literally “tadpole script” was widespread among educated Vietnamese. Chinese invasion saw an end to the […]

December 16

The ones that didn’t make it (December 2013, Part 2)

Part 1 here In November, disaster struck on one of my shoots – an embarrassing mistake that led to some drastic cosmetic surgery and that will haunt me for some time to come. But first, the background… The cover story for the December issue was about unique boutiques in Saigon. The total of fifteen boutique […]

December 04

Behind the scenes – Oi Vietnam’s cover shoot

Vietnam is a unique place, and so when it comes to pulling together a cover shoot for one of the most popular English language magazines in Saigon (and I would argue the best quality one), when things go wrong, they’re not likely to be your run-of-the-mill problems. I discovered this in the process of producing […]

Adam Robert Young - Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon, Vietnam. A long exposure photograph. December 02

The “backup shot”

This post is the sequel to my last one The Hunt (the day-long search for “The Shot”). If you haven’t read it, I really recommend you do – you’ll get a lot more out of this post knowing what had led up to this point… OK, so I’ll assume you’ve read The Hunt now… So […]

Adam Robert Young Saigon Cityscape Photograph November 30

The Hunt (The day-long search for “The Shot”)

Just when I thought it was safe to put my feet up and relax (all my shots had been submitted for the December issue of the magazine) I made the mistake of checking my email… Waiting for me was a message from the creative director with a request. The magazine’s media pack was to be […]

Oi Magazine November issue cover November 06

The perks and challenges of being a lifestyle magazine photographer

It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it! October saw a new door open for me and I started contributing to the Saigon-based lifestyle magazine Oi Vietnam. Magazine photography is not something I’d done a lot of in the past, but it’s been a whole lot of fun so far, and you’ll be seeing […]